Taj Mahal wins Tiffin Cup in Britain
London, May 17 (UNI) Indian food restaurant Taj Mahal, has won the inaugural Tiffin Cup, beating 39 restaurants throughout Britain nominated for the nationwide contest showcasing the best of South Asian cuisine by their local MPs.
Fourteen restaurant were shortlisted which competed for the finals at the House of Commons yesterday night.
The Tiffin Cup was launched by MPs Keith Vaz, Michael Fabricant and John Barrett in recognition of the contribution of South Asian restaurants to British cuisine and to raise money for charity.
Jack Straw, leader of the House of Commons, was the chief guest at the event.
Birmingham's 'Royal Al Faisal', specialising in Kashmiri cuisine, took second place in the gastronomic contest followed by 'B Raj Tandoori' at Fraserburgh in Scotland at third position.
'Bombay Dreams' in the Brent South constituency and 'The Tandoori Parlour' in Castle Point also featured as highly commended restaurants.
''The UK's love affair with curry has come a long way,'' Mr Vaz said, while pointing out that the over 9,500 South Asian restaurants had changed British eating habits and contributed to the country's economy.
The entries were judged by celebrity chefs and presenters Lloyd Grossman and Ainsley Harriott, actor Saeed Jaffrey and Nina Wadia from the British television show 'Goodness Gracious Me'.
''The UK has a love affair with curry and Pembrokeshire is no exception. I am delighted that our local Indian restaurant has emerged as the Curry King on a national stage,'' said Preseli Pembrokeshire MP Stephen Crabb, who had nominated Taj Mahal for the contest.
A raffle organised on the occasion raised over 1,500 pounds for two charities - the Roko Cancer Appeal and TB Alert. Five years ago, entrepreneur A P S Chawla established the Roko Cancer Appeal to raise funds for the fight against breast cancer. The charity introduced the first mobile breast cancer detection unit in Amritsar last year. TB Alert, is the only charity organisation helping fight the disease both in India and the UK.
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